Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, January 24



Aberdeen Daily World
Maryann Welch resigns from Grays Harbor Community Hospital board
Grays Harbor unemployment rate up, but county drops out of top 10 highest in the state
Letter: Salmon
Letter: Timberland board
Letter: Kilmer credited

Bainbridge Island Review
Sen. Carlyle hits the gas on renewable energy bill | 2019 Legislative Session (Carlyle) 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
From selling their plasma to temp jobs, here’s how unpaid federal workers are getting by 

Teachers vow to support Vancouver schools support staff
Bond sequel for Ridgefield School District comes amid rapid growth

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Cedar Grove again asks Legislature to limit odor lawsuits (Walen, Kuderer)
Annual homeless count is more than a matter of numbers
3 years in the making: New law on police use of deadly force (Goodman, Salomon)

The Inlander
Climate activists’ PR problem: How to scare people into action without making the fight seem totally hopeless
Government shutdown puts thousands of tenants in a tight spot
Washington could be first state to offer “recomposition” to turn bodies into usable soil

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Nearly 25 million set sail on state ferries in 2018
OPAL Rebids April’s Grove Townhome Project
Gov. Inslee says orcas are a priority

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Experts plan health assessments for two ailing Southern Resident orcas 

New York Times
Trump Says He’ll Delay Speech Until After Shutdown, as Democrats Draft Border Security Plan
They Design Spacecraft and Fight Epidemics for America. The Shutdown May Scare Them Away.
Aviation Professionals Warn of Dire Risk Amid Shutdown
Michael Cohen Indefinitely Postpones Testimony to Congress

Peninsula Daily News
Lawn watering, water conservation in drought draw lawmaker attention (Orwall) 

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tech companies spent record sum on US lobbying in 2018
Companies push on with IPOs in defiance of US shutdown
Airlines, too, are hit when government workers are grounded

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘The cars just disappeared’: What happened to the 90,000 cars a day the viaduct carried before it closed?
College for older students: New guidebook can help you figure out how to make it work
State spending $4.4 million to market the Highway 99 tunnel
Seattle councilmember wants to know why ruling to reinstate fired officer was delayed until after contract approved
New study: Cellphone use by Washington state drivers is down, but other distractions are up
King County man contracted measles from Southwest Washington outbreak
What can Seattle learn from cities where homelessness has dropped?
Opinion: Build up the Affordable Care Act for America’s workers and their families
Editorial: Sensible next steps on Washington gun regulations (Dhingra)

 Spokesman Review
Three Washington bills deal with cougars, hounds
Washington Legislature considers removing barriers to voting on reservations

USA Today
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner to vote for Democratic bill to end shutdown, report says
People near Portland aren’t vaccinating babies. Health officials just declared a measles emergency

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
County awards $3 million to Vashon HouseHold 

Washington Post
Senators hope defeat of dueling plans produces a solution to shutdown
Shutdown showdown: Senate prepares to vote on competing bills after Trump agrees to postpone State of the Union speech
Giuliani’s missteps frustrate Trump but underscore the unique role he plays for the president
Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump’s first two years, analysis shows
Commerce secretary doesn’t understand why unpaid federal workers use food banks
Nancy Pelosi flexes her muscle over Trump
Trump administration grants waiver to agency that works only with Christian families

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Valley food banks brace for a surge as shutdown disrupts SNAP benefits
USDA to add back some services at Yakima Farm Service Agency office
Yakima considers annexing land at west edge of city
Editorial: Influenza is nothing to take blithely



‘Surprise’ medical expenses would be banned under new Washington bill
Problematic stretch of I-5 in Tacoma site of multiple crashes in past few months
Seattle still in the dark on impacts from CenturyLink 911 outage
Suing a compost facility could get tougher in Washington state

Washington mom wants lawmakers to ban medical balance billing 

Seattle has nation’s steepest drop in home value appreciation, study finds
Local rental subsidies threatened by federal shutdown
Another crash on Tacoma’s I-5 calls for more safety, says survivor
Hair stylists insisting proposed legislation would be harmful to industry (Keiser)

Q13 TV (Fox)
King County investigates first measles case after outbreak in SW Washington
The orca recovery plans that could become state law (Blake, Lekanoff, Rolfes)
A week and a half left before new SR 99 tunnel opens up
Furloughed government workers struggling to buy food, pay bills offered help



WA prison staff fret about safety, money as shutdown continues 

Inslee speaks on shutdown, edges closer to 2020 run
Will I-90 be closed for Sound Transit light rail construction?
Homeless could be paid to pick up trash in a Washington city near you
State rep. hopes to end statute of limitations for felony sex crimes

The pro-worker tool we need to fix our tax code 

Seattle P.I.
Most Americans think climate change is happening — National polls 

New Bill Threatens to Eliminate Jobs for Hair Stylists in Washington State (Keiser, Kuderer, Saldaña)
House Speaker Frank Chopp Does Not Like Being Compared to Vladimir Putin (Chopp)